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Stone RuinTen IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone RuinTen IPAStone RuinTen IPA

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,999 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,999
Reviews: 738
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 236
Gots: 628 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
We first released this decidedly indelicate beer in 2012, as Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our belovedly bitter Stone Ruination IPA. Stone RuinTen IPA uses the same recklessly hoppy recipe as the 2012 release; only the name has changed, as we plan to unleash this belligerently delicious hop monster upon the public annually from now on. We packed a whopping five pounds of hops into each barrel, and cranked up the ABV to stand up to the hop onslaught. The results are glorious, and we know you'll rejoice in tasting this audacious gem of hoppy splendor once again. You're welcome.

(Beer added by: ehammond1 on 06-14-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Mikecap
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with very little head, but the head there sticks around for a bit. Decent lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops, hops and more hops; so many grassy and piney notes come to the nose immediately and this just smells awesome. Also get some sweetness from the malt and a hint of citrus fruit.

Taste: Much of what came to me in the nose definitely is at play here with hoppy bitterness at the forefront. Very piney and earthy character to this brew and this is to be expected.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a strong taste and great bitterness. The carbonation is solid and this is definitely a sipper as there is so much flavor. A bit of burn from the alcohol but I'd never guess that this was a 10.8% bomb.

Overall: I loved this one but it is definitely not for the faint of heart. This is an extremely bitter DIPA but definitely worth trying if you're into tons of hops. Haven't had Ruination in a while, but I think this is, while different, just a bit better. Great beer from Stone.

Photo of ebrifan
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Fcolle2
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color into a tulip glass. 2 finger white head that has great retention. There a decent amount of lacing. Nice looking beer

Nose has a big grapefruit and citrus kick to it, lots of malt comes in in the finish. Smells balanced and intense

Loads of hops in The front end, dominated by pine. Deep bread malt backbone before the bittering hops kick in.

Mouthfeel has a good amount of carbonation with a sticky hop oil finish.

Overall this is a great really good double, big hop aromas and plenty of bitterness.

Photo of magictacosinus
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle. 2013 vintage. A "best by" date is listed on the bottle neck as "08/18/13." Split with my brewing buddy. Excited to try this one, although definitely a little freaked out given the hype and the concept behind this. While I did re-visit Ruination to prepare myself for this, I did not have the chance to try the 2012 recipe of this.

Pours a thick, syrupy deep amber color that is slightly darker than Ruination, although along the same lines. A frothy, thick, nearly sticky looking white head coats the top of the glass, with large bubbles to boot. There's not much carbonation or bubbles visible, save for jet stream at the glass's nucleation point. Lacing is plentiful, although not as ridiculous as anticipated. A huge looking DIPA - one of the most insane yet serene ones I've seen yet. Stone has always been consistent in making their beers look epic and good, and this is no exception.

The bottle describes this beer as a "stage dive into a mosh pit of hops," and it's immediate that it may be an understatement in terms of describing the aroma. The dry hopping here is out of control. In fact, there's no way I can even DESCRIBE anything here going on other than the hops themselves. Forget about any caramel or syrupy malts, or any booze or crispness for that matter. The hops here are f***ing scary. HUGE notes of pine soaked in booze, blood oranges, green onions, garlic, limes, lemon dry rinds, grapefruit peel, as well as intense earthiness and herbal dried fern/vine chlorophyll-like elements. No tropical notes from the Citra other than a herbal pineapple flavor, unfortunately. Other than that, there's a kiss of sweetness from the alcohol, but this has to be the most dank dry hopped beer I've ever smelled on. No idea how to rank it, but it definitely folds the envelope for the style at hand.

When my friend and I took our first sip of this, we had to immediately take a breather. This is absolutely ridiculous. Imagine taking a bite out of a large hop cone or dried pellet and then slowly chewing on it so that it releases a lot of its alpha acids... That's exactly what drinking this is like (especially at the finish), although it does fade away and make room for other flavors. Stone tunes the floral elements of Ruination up to 11, giving out flavors of oily hemp seeds, marijuana, dried tropical flowers, and then fruity notes of grapefruit, pineapple, oranges, a bit of papaya, and tons and TONS of pine. However, I do think the pine was a bit overdone, and the Citra hops feel like they were abused. The malts seep in to provide sweetness and caramelized toasted flavors, and the beer does get breadier as it warms up. Silky smooth unlike any DIPA I've had, which is astonishing. However, this plays an enormous toll on the beer: the warmer it gets, the more syrupy it becomes, as well as sweetened and sickly. This, combined with the high booze and herbal notes makes this resemble near cough herbal medicine by the very finish, and indeed, this was pretty hard to finish - maybe the hardest high quality hoppy beer I've ever tried to wade through.

This is probably, in the eyes of Stone, the equivalent of hop pornography. It's also a test in endurance, and was amazingly flavorful and pushes dry hopping to the next level, but it also is way too over the top, even by Stone's standards. Too syrupy at the finish as well, which is a shame, as the initial thickness and creaminess was pretty heavenly. Not very high in terms of being drinkable, but every hophead should try this at least once. Just make sure you go into it knowing what you're getting yourself into.

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4.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Moderately see-through. Similar to any other IPA.

S: Sweetness, IPA characteristics, but sort of fruity.

T: Amazing. Sweet, very balanced. Hides the abv mazingly, hoppy yet not bitter.

M: Smooth. Nothing atypical of an IPA.

O: Fantastic IPA. Cannot go wrong. Highly highly recommend.. sweet, smooth, very very drinkable. One of best IPA's on my books... go out and get this.. (costco, at least on the west coast, has this for about $5 which is a steal for the bomber!!). Great job Stone!!!

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

25oz bottle poured into shaker pint

Appearance copper red with a fast reducing two and a half finger head with incredible lacing

Smells: hemp, citrus, and pine

Mouthfeel: moderate and oily

Taste: pine and hemp, nothing else

Overall, this is not a beer I would serve at parties. This is a hophead's beer.

I'd buy it again.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber poured into wine glass.

Appearance-dark amber pour, slim off white head. 4.25

Aroma-lots off grapefruit, lots of tropical fruits as well. Some apricot and orange peel. Lots of sweet, almost sugar cookie aroma. 4.5

Taste-Wow, this is some top notch stuff. This is hoppy as hell but balanced very well with malt backbone to match. You got your citrus here, strong bitter citrus. Black pepper, peppermint in the aftertaste. 4.75

Feel-what you expect from stone, full bodied strong mouthfeel, aftertaste lingers for quite awhile. 4.25

Overall-double IPA's of this quality is why I drink craft beer. This thing is a monster of a brew, it is hoppy yet completely balanced with malt to make it an extremely enjoyable experience. Stone is slowly becoming one of my favorite craft brewers, they make incredible beer and its usually easy to find and get. This is the best DIPA I've had in sometime. 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy orangey-amber with a small, slightly off-white head. Leaves good splotches of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Real nice nose - I can smell the hops from a distance. Grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel. Touch of caramel malt.

T: This one brings me back to the days when I was first discovering this style - Goose Island Imperial IPA comes to mind from the recesses of my memory. . . . Tropical fruit salad and citrusy hops - grapefruit, grapefruit pith and a touch of pine needles at the back end. Heat from the ABV is noted towards the back of the sip as a spicy bite, and then is felt heading down to the belly. Lingering pine bitterness fights the ample malt profile (caramel malt, some toffee) for dominance, with the hops prevailing, but the sweeter malt putting up a surprisingly good fight.

M: Full bodied. Carbonation is light to moderate, with a nice creamy feel to it.

O: This is good stuff. Now if only they'd bring back their 10th Anniversary Ale. . . .

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Stone RuinTen IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 4,999 ratings.